Sample English Paper on opposing Twain’s view on society

Sample English Paper on opposing Twain’s view on society

In contrast to Twain’s argument, the moral sense does not enable man to do wrong. Instead, the moral sense enables man to distinguish the difference between the wrong and the right. Other animals do not have this capacity to distinguish between the wrong and the right. They only know what they do to be right. Consequently, Twain should not accuse man of doing wrong when in reality man does wrong in the process of struggling to do good. Thesis: man is the highest animal and not the lowest.

To start with, Twain contradicts himself. He claims that man is the only cruel animal, but other animals are not. To prove his point, he gives an example of a cat that plays with a mouse before killing and eating that mouse. To me this is a contradiction because even if the cat does not understand the kind of psychological torture the mouse endures, the fact remains that the mouse suffers psychologically. This is not different from what man does. The only difference is that man understands what he does whereas the cat does not understand the psychological torture the mouse endures. As a result, although man tends to be crueler than the cat as Twain claims, the fact remains that the cat is cruel too. Failing to dig out the mouse’s eyes, tear the skin or tear splinters under the nails does not make the cat any better (Twain 498). The fact remains that the cat causes the mouse unnecessarily psychological harm.

For the roosters, Twain claims that they keep harems with the consent of their concubines while man keeps harem, but at the expense of the law that women do not contribute in making (Twain 499). This accusation leveled on man is wrong because in both cases the fact remains that roosters keep harems as men do. The roosters may keep harems unknowingly or forcefully, but men keep harems peacefully through legal means. Accordingly, man can never be exploitive as Twain wants us to believe. He can sometimes be cunning, but peaceful at the same time.

Truly speaking man is indecent, vulgar and obscene, but man is also decent, peace loving, kind and caring. The fact that man suffers from the moral sense defect does not mean that man belongs to the lower animals. This means that man suffers from a condition that other animals do not suffer from. Indeed, Twain answers himself. He claims that he finds the defect in man to be the moral sense that other animals do not have. He goes ahead to say that the moral defect enables man to do wrong (Twain 500). Taiwan is quite right on this issue because without the moral sense, man could be like other animals that do not know the difference between the right and the wrong. Consequently, the issue at hand is not that man belongs to the lower animals, but he suffers from a condition that other animals that Twain claims to be higher animals do not suffer from. For this reason, man has the capacity to be good; loving; decent; caring; generous; and so on just as he has the capacity to be bad; cruel; unkind; mean; and so on. Based on this fact, human beings deserve to be considered the highest animals. This means that they should not be considered the lowest animals as Mark Twain insinuates.

 

 

 

Works Cited

Twain, Mark. The damned human race. Published in the Longman reader: Pearson Longman.